Hersham, UK

Air Products Launches Company’s First European Sustainability Week

Launch Coincides with the European Union’s Sustainable Development Week  

Business leaders from Air Products have united this week to share knowledge and encourage action on areas including Hydrogen for Mobility, Carbon Capture, Energy Transition, and Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging.

The series of events form part of Air Products’ ‘Sustainability Week in Europe’ initiative, bringing together teams from several European countries with the company’s leaders and sustainability experts. The launch of the Air Products’ initiative coincides with the European Union’s Sustainable Development Week (ESDW), an initiative running in September to facilitate activities that promote sustainable development. 

Air Products, a world-leading industrial gas company, is at the forefront of positive change through its Grow-Conserve-Care sustainability approach, recording impressive sustainability achievements over the last year, despite the global pandemic.

Air Products’ President, Europe and Africa Ivo Bols, opened the week’s proceedings by talking about ‘Sustainable Growth for a Sustainable Future Globally.’ He was accompanied by the company’s Chairman, President and CEO, Seifi Ghasemi and Vice President of Investor Relations, Corporate Relations and Sustainability, Simon Moore

Mr. Bols said: “Collectively, in Europe and beyond, we face pressing energy and environmental challenges that can only be tackled if we transcend borders and work together to drive forward existing and new solutions. 

“At Air Products, our focus and higher purpose is to bring people together to collaborate on solving some of the worlds’s most significant energy and environmental sustainability challenges. 

“This spirit of partnership has already allowed us to support our customers in achieving major reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Air Products is also spearheading real, tangible projects, like our $7 billion total investment to deliver 650 tons per day of green hydrogen, which will be used to power transport around the world.”

Suzanne Lowe, Vice President UK & Ireland, Air Products said: “The roll out of  the Sustainability Week inititiative in the UK and Ireland is an excellent opportunity to bring together every level of our business and support a continued commitment to driving the sustainability agenda forward, through our three pillars Grow, Conserve and Care. This is supported at the very top of our business and embodied in the work of our teams in the UK, across Europe, and worldwide, every day.” 

Air Products’ recent 2021 Sustainability Report reveals both positive action and stringent future targets against its three core sustainability pillars: 

  • Grow – the business commits to growing responsibly through sustainability-driven opportunities. In 2020, the Company’s products enabled customers and their customers to avoid the equivalent of 72 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. This figure is three times Air Products’ own direct and indirect CO2 emissions. 
  • Conserve: Air Products has made a commitment to conserve resources and reduce its environmental footprint through its  “Third by ‘30” CO2 emissions intensity reduction goal.
  • Care: Air Products remains committed to caring for its employees, customers and communities. During the pandemic it supported COVID-19 rescue and recovery efforts, making much-needed deliveries of medical oxygen and helium to hospitals, providing the infrastructure needed for emergency pop-up hospitals, as well as making other donations for medical care.

To find out more about Air Products’ approach to sustainability and its activities, visit www.airproducts.co.uk/sustainability.


About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company develops, engineers, builds, owns and operates some of the world's largest industrial gas projects, including: gasification projects that sustainably convert abundant natural resources into syngas for the production of high-value power, fuels and chemicals; carbon capture projects; and world-scale carbon-free hydrogen projects supporting global transportation and the energy transition.

The Company had fiscal 2020 sales of $8.9 billion from operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $60 billion. More than 19,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. For more information, visit airproducts.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release and are not guarantees of future performance.  While forward-looking statements are made in good faith and based on assumptions, expectations and projections that management believes are reasonable based on currently available information, actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors, including risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020.  Except as required by law, we disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the assumptions, beliefs or expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances upon which any such forward-looking statements are based.,